Sen. Lieberman seeks 'more troops' for 'winnable' Iraq war
Mike Sheehan Published: Friday December 29, 2006 Print This Email This Print page sponsored by Velvet Revolution.
Sen. Joe Lieberman (I/D-CT) has written an op-ed for The Washington Post in which he explains his reasons for why more troops are needed in Iraq. Lieberman argues that the war is "winnable," yet acknowledges that "more U.S. forces might not be a guarantee of success" in the fight.
"I've just spent 10 days traveling in the Middle East and speaking to leaders there," writes Lieberman, "all of which has made one thing clearer to me than ever: While we are naturally focused on Iraq, a larger war is emerging.
"On one side are extremists and terrorists led and sponsored by Iran, on the other moderates and democrats supported by the United States," the Senator continues. "Iraq is the most deadly battlefield on which that conflict is being fought. How we end the struggle there will affect not only the region but the worldwide war against the extremists who attacked us on Sept. 11, 2001."
In August 2006, Lieberman, who lost the Democratic primary to challenger Ned Lamont but defeated him in the general election, criticized Lamont's Iraq exit strategy by saying, "If we just pick up like Ned Lamont wants us to do ... it will be taken as a tremendous victory by the same people who wanted to blow up these planes in this plot hatched in England." Lamont responded, "That comment sounds an awful lot like Vice President Cheney's comment... Both of them believe our invasion of Iraq has a lot to do with 9/11."
He's a "moral" crusader when it comes to entertainment, like Gore's moronic wife. This guy was preoccupied with gangster rap and Prince songs during the 80s and 90s. All the while, government could have been preparing for the future with sensible energy policy emphasizing alternatives and conservation, thereby negating the need to even be involved in the Middle East. This guy was worried about Janet Jackson's tit rather than our trade deficit and American jobs.
Holy Joe has an incredible talent for not caring about what other people think. He makes up his mind and that's the end of it. He'll never change direction or admit to mistakes. Doesn't that sound kind of familiar?
29. Let him become a Republican, then it will be the all Republican war.
Sorry but I would rather have Lieberman a Republican than a mole for them, undermining the Democrats position on the war. He is trouble, screw him, get it over with and let him go. Then deal with it and move on.
31. We didn't create this Lieberman monster, Judas Joe is his own creation.
Lieberman's support for Bush's surge will lead to many unnecessary deaths, but it won't be able to prevent a humiliating defeat for America in Iraq.
The Iraq Study Group offered a big fig leaf of a way out of Iraq, a way out with at least a semblance of honor for those that care about such things. Bush and Lieberman's rejection of the Iraq Study Group is the ultimate act of folly of a government responsible for the biggest strategic and foreign policy failure in America's history.
24. As we escalate this into the grand and larger war of which he speaks
it seems like a whole lot of civilians are going to die. What is it now in Iraq alone; over 700,000? Hundreds of thousands of dead civilians, if not eventually millions who will pay for these wonderful military adventures seem to be of no consequence to Mr. Lieberman.
34. This man is the reason I could not vote for Gore in 2000.
I just could not do it. I am a bit regretful in retrospect, but this man is a bigger warmaniac than Cheney. I think his influence in a Gore administration would have been not negligible. Furthermore, it made me question Gore's political orientation as well.
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